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Fear in the Night

Published 1947

A film noir shocker, based on the story Nightmare by Cornell Woorlich, in which average Joe Vince Grayson (De Forest Kelley) dreams he murders someone and wakes up to find it may not have been a dream.

This is worth it for the clever plot twists alone.

Run time 72 min
Producer L.B. Merman, William H. Pine, William C. Thomas
Production Company Pine-Thomas Productions
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: harron68 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2016
Subject: Low budget thriller
Lucky to have this little gem as Kelley's first leading role. I knew when I saw the Woolrich as Wm.Irish story it would be good.
Not a top film, I was reminded of the desperation in the best noirs, like D.O.A., but vastly underrated and seen by too few. A few slow parts and detective Kelly's stiffness keeps it from perfection.
Reviewer: Weehrs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2014
Subject: WOW
So many movies can be full of people with a good ending, but this one, WHEW, you got to wonder who your talking to!!!
Reviewer: primsue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2012
Subject: Great B Movie
My sister said this movie has a remake, but this is the first time I even saw this version. Keeps you guessing almost up till the end. The brother-in-law was a little over the top, worrying about his wife. Strange they would enter someone's house just because it was raining, would not do that in this day and age.
Reviewer: matt1900 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2009
Subject: very good
This is a good murder/mystery film. I really enjoyed it and would recommend this film. I downloaded the OGG file and the audio and video were o.k.
Reviewer: malary - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2009
Subject: Surprisingly Good
I usually don't enjoy 'noir' films, but I'm so glad I decided to give this one a chance. The acting was great; they chose just the right people for the parts. The cinemagraphy was excellent too; they really did a good job setting the moods of mystery and suspense. Lots of fun to watch alone or with friends
Reviewer: Moongleam - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2008
Subject: Good adaptation of Cornell Woolrich story
A better copy can be found here:
Reviewer: bearpuf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2008
Subject: Not Bad at All
I was pleasently surprised and enjoyed this mystery murder and was drawn to DeForest Kelley's performance as the murdererer victim.Watching it in tidbits over a three day period made the suspense even more provocative.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2008
Subject: a good one
All in all, 'Fear in the Night' is a engrossing noir thriller. DeForest Kelley plays the chump in a murder by proxy scheme. Paul Kelly plays his detective brother-in-law helping to solve the murder. The director does a good job, with some exceptions, and keeps the story tight. If the screenwriting and acting had been better, this would be a classic.

I downloaded the DivX file. The video is of poor quality with noticeable pixelation throughout. Images are only sharp when there is no motion. The audio has noticeable wow and flutter, but dialog is clear enough.
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